YAFF wrote: Elessar wrote:
Yes but you don't seem to understand why vegans like to let you know they are vegans. It's normally just to have an opportunity to tell you why they are. It's a form of testifying. To spread the message of compassion for all animals. You seem to think it's to act like they are superior to you. If you think that you just don't get it.
Funny that, because I've seen how annoying that can be to other people, to the point that some will actually get 'in my face' as soon as they find out that I am- even though I have no intention of telling them. (If they ever do find out, it's because someone I know, like a work colleague, will mention it in passing.) I guess they think it's a kind of 'pre-emptive strike' before I launch into a sermon at them for being cruel animal-abusing nasty bastards- again, which I have no intention of doing. I strongly suspect that many omnivores are defensive in this way because they've met with people that have YAFF's approach and just want to get their own back.
The only circumstances in which I *would*
tell other people that I am vegan is if they offer to purchase any food, sweets or other edibles, or make or cook anything for me, so that they can either accommodate my dietary requirements, or just so that they don't take offence should I politely decline the offer or refuse any edibles offered. So far, this strategy has worked wonders, as the number of people who have taken the 'pre-emptive' line have steeply declined due to my colleagues defending my choices, and many of them even take my dietary choices into consideration when planning things like putting out sweets and treats at work for birthdays, the festive season and so on. The levels that they go to to accommodate me so that I don't feel left out of the team is really quite touching.
I read the other day that Buddhism doesn't specifically ban eating meat, it just says you shouldn't order the killing of an animal so that you can eat it. I guess that's kind of open to interpretation.
That comes from the fact that the Buddha and the Dalia Lama have both eaten meat during their life times. The important thing for Buddhists is that they didn't kill the animal, or pay for the meat, which means therefore paying someone to kill it- any meat they ate was food that was freely offered to them. When preparing their own food, it was vegetarian.